Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHz

Asus Nexus 7 overclocked to 2GHzThe Asus Nexus 7 is fairly nippy out of the box, rocking a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

We’ve recently seen the budget tablet overclocked to 1.7GHz, but now we’re hearing that the Asus Nexus 7 has been pushed further still. Crikey.

The 1.7GHz Asus Nexus 7 overclock yielded impressive (to put it mildly) benchmark results, specifically topping 7,000 in Quadrant. But it gets even better.

The Asus Nexus 7 has been pushed to a full 2,000Mhz. Yes, that’s 2GHz, topping 8,000 in Quadrant benchmarks. Surely that’s illegal? To give that figure some context, it’s almost double the HTC One X.

Needless to say, there are all sorts of issues – as you’d expect when dealing with an “experimental test kernel” (definitely our favourite phrase of the day).

Specifically, the 2GHz Asus Nexus 7 suffers from stability problems, and is said to get prettaaaaay hot.

Still, exciting stuff. Er, if you like that kinda thing. Head over to xda (where else?) for more info. EDIT: don't do it! See Matthew's concerns below.

via: Android Community

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 16:15

You might as well just sit at home and burn £200, since that's what OC'ing your Nexus 7 to 2Ghz will do (it'll just waste more of your time doing it).

Also, Quadrant is totally unrepresentative of performance, whether that's comparing one device to another, or the same device in different states of modification. For example, I've managed to get 6000+ on my S2, does the Exynos 4412 have ~50% more power than the Tegra 3 in the One X? I don't think so.

OC'ing is great, I run my S2 at 1.5Ghz permanently and it was only by overclocking that my HP TouchPad was ever a usable device, but pointlessly overclocking any device to the point where it's no longer stable and risks burning out the CPU is just ridiculous.

Lewis, you may want to mention in your article that this "modification" risks permanently damaging people's Nexus 7's and that it's simply a proof of concept, not something that just be tried by "normal" people as a free way to get a faster device.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 16:34

↑ what he said

SpeedyG  Aug. 27, 2012 at 17:10

Yup. As matt says, some form of disclaimer for ordinary punters please, Lewis.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 27, 2012 at 18:19

Cheers, Lewis, I think the average tablet consumer will thank you in the long run (as do I) :).

Pondlife  Aug. 27, 2012 at 23:38

Was briefly thinking pah wimps had similar overclocks on pc before then remembered the rather serious heatsink and fan I'd installed to cope with the overclocking lol.

Now picturing Treabs Nexus 7 with a 4cm square hole in the back and a heat sink and fan sticking out.

simms22  Aug. 27, 2012 at 23:41

@matt the 2ghz kernel is stable on my n7(yes, thats my n7 in the screenshot), well, as long as not gaming at 2ghz high/2ghz low. and every modification risks permanent damage, even your 1.5ghz overclock. anyways, it can only get so hot, thats why they add a thermal throttle to the cpu. its not as dangerous as you make it sound. anyways, the average person isnt going to attempt these kinds of modifications, they leave it to people like me so that they can oooo and ahhh later.

Treab  Aug. 28, 2012 at 08:42

Pah not going to happen my nexus is a god send... Especially on night shifts

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:06

Pah not going to happen my nexus is a god send... Especially on night shifts
Not that you're not working hard enough (he types, from work) :p.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:13

@matt the 2ghz kernel is stable on my n7(yes, thats my n7 in the screenshot), well, as long as not gaming at 2ghz high/2ghz low. and every modification risks permanent damage, even your 1.5ghz overclock. anyways, it can only get so hot, thats why they add a thermal throttle to the cpu. its not as dangerous as you make it sound. anyways, the average person isnt going to attempt these kinds of modifications, they leave it to people like me so that they can oooo and ahhh later.
So what you're saying is it's stable unless you actually use the processor at 2Ghz for more than a few seconds? Sounds brilliant, sign me up.

I haven't yet found anything which has caused my (more modest) OC to become unstable, so I highly doubt it'll damage my phone. I can game quite happily, well until my battery runs out, with my OC. My overheating, no random reboots, no freezing.

The average person, the kind of person who might visit Mobot (remember, this isn't a developer oriented site), may well try it out just because they "saw it on a website they visit". Also, you say a small OC which I've tested for months and months may break my device, but then you go on to say a 2Ghz OC will be okay because of the CPU's thermal cut-out and it's not that dangerous. Pick a side, man.

Pondlife  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:17

Much easier to replace a battery on a SG2 too.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 14:44

Much easier to replace a battery on a SG2 too.
That, too.

Treab  Aug. 28, 2012 at 22:28

Pah not going to happen my nexus is a god send... Especially on night shifts
Not that you're not working hard enough (he types, from work) :p.


My nights have been sleep in nights so i can do what i want unless they need me :p i dont skive at work mr slacker lawyer.... typical pig :p

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 28, 2012 at 22:32

Pah not going to happen my nexus is a god send... Especially on night shifts
Not that you're not working hard enough (he types, from work) :p.


My nights have been sleep in nights so i can do what i want unless they need me :p i dont skive at work mr slacker lawyer.... typical pig :p

I don't take "breaks" as such, I just do other things for the odd minute through the day. Just different ways of breaking up a day's work, I guess.

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